The benefits of Primary Authority Partnerships

Following the announcement Mayborn Group – the company behind global mum and baby brand Tommee Tippee – has formed a Primary Authority Partnership with Northumberland County Council’s Trading Standards Service, we spoke to Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, and Global Head of Quality at Mayborn Group, Chris Beeley, about the benefits Primary Authority Partnerships bring to businesses.

Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member with responsibility for trading standards said:

“Joining this scheme means businesses can get ongoing, clear and consistent expert advice from one source on specific areas of regulation and be confident they’re staying within the law, protecting their customers and the company.

“We know how complicated much of the law administered by our Public Protection Services is and it is always better for all concerned if we can work with businesses to get things right from the start.

“As we move towards Brexit, the Trading Standards Service will be able to provide advice and support as controls change and will help the business to comply with any new UK law.”

Chris Beeley, Global Head of Quality from the Mayborn Group said:

“By joining a Primary Authority Partnership we benefit from robust and reliable professional advice allowing us to comply with what is often very complex legislation, and focus our efforts on investment and growth.

“We worked with Northumberland County Council’s Trading Standards team when Tommee Tippee was based in Cramlington and having moved to North Tyneside we wanted to maintain the excellent relationship which we have built up over many years.”

If your business trades across more than one local authority area, speak to your local council Trading Standards team about a Primary Authority Partnership. All seven local authorities in the North East LEP area are committed to supporting businesses to be compliant with both current and future laws.

If you currently trade within one single local authority area, Better Business for All (BBfA) – a consortium of the seven councils in the North East Local Enterprise Area, the Fire Service and the Federation of Small Business – can provide help and support to companies to make sure you comply with the law.